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Should You Buy An Electric Car or A Hybrid? How To Maintain Them?

The automobile industry is booming, with electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, gasoline vehicles, and diesel vehicles competing for development. So should I buy a new energy vehicle? How do I maintain my electric car or hybrid?

Due to environmental protection and saving money, the number of buyers of new energy vehicles far exceeds those who buy gasoline vehicles. Here, we will explain the types of electric cars.

Types of electric vehicles

  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, also known as PHEV,
  • Hybrid, also known as self-charging hybrid,
  • Mild hybrid MHEV,
  • Early battery electric vehicles, namely early BEVs and
  • New pure electric vehicle

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV): This type of vehicle can be powered by a fuel engine and battery, or it can be charged by plug-in charging. After the battery is exhausted, you can switch to the fuel engine to continue driving. PHEVs have higher range, more flexible driving modes, and can be charged at an outlet, reducing carbon emissions.

Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV): This type of vehicle uses both a fuel engine and a battery for power. The battery is charged by the engine or brakes to provide additional power. HEVs are more fuel efficient than traditional gasoline vehicles because they can use batteries for power at low speeds and when stopped.

Self-Charging Hybrid (SHV): This type of vehicle is similar to an HEV, but they have a larger battery capacity and can use the battery to provide more power. The SHV can only be charged through vehicle movement, not through an outlet.

Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV): This type of vehicle is similar to HEV, but the battery capacity is smaller and is only used to assist the engine and cannot drive the vehicle independently.

Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV): This type of vehicle relies entirely on batteries and has no fuel engine. They can be charged at an outlet, completely eliminating emissions issues. However, their driving range may be limited due to limitations in battery capacity and charging time.

New pure electric vehicle: This type of vehicle is a more advanced BEV with higher battery capacity and longer range. They may also have faster charging speeds and more smart features.

Battery diagnosis of new energy vehicles

Obviously, the development of electric vehicles and new energy vehicles is now moving forward, and diesel engine gasoline and small gasoline engine vehicles are increasingly rare in people's sight. The development of electric vehicles is also driving the development of the electric vehicle repair and aftermarket. How do I perform service diagnostics on my electric vehicle?

Most modern automotive vehicles have OBD II interfaces, and many vehicle scanners claim to have OE-level diagnostic scanning capabilities, but for electric vehicles, it's more than that.

Maintenance and updates of electric vehicles require the use of dedicated electric vehicle scanners, such as Autel Ultra EV scanner and Autel MS909EV scanner. Both scanners are able to communicate with electric vehicles thanks to the addition of the Autel EV Diag Box.

Autel Ultra EV Scanner, Autel MS909EV Scanner can be used for battery pack analysis of specific electric vehicles, detecting state of charge and health status of real battery conditions, high voltage diagnosis and offline battery pack diagnosis. Likewise, these two scanners can also be used on gasoline vehicles.

What do I recommend buying?

The market for electric and hybrid vehicles is moving forward faster, and hybrids may be the better overall choice. If you want diagnostic scan services on electric and hybrid vehicles, the Autel Ultra EV Diagnostic Scanner is your best tool.

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